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How To Get 3 Stars on Every Dragon Attack

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  • Jan 02, 2015 (35 months ago)
First things first I would like to say that this strategy doesn't work very often when attacking bases that are town hall level 9 and town hall level 10 due to the amount of air defenses and the level of most of their air defenses. I can assure you that by using this guide to attack any base that is TH8 or lower with a dragon-based deployment, you will succeed in 3 starring your opponent. There are a series of steps you should follow when doing so and I am about to reveal those to you.

1. Looking for a good base to attack.
Now, as a high level town hall 8, my way of choosing bases in war may be different than a town hall 7 would be. For instance, the bases that I choose are usually high level town hall 8s as well with very good base designs. This may not be the same for you guys, but I will try to explain every circumstance. Most bases that are town hall 6 or lower will be destroyed easily by dragon-based armies (when I say dragon-based armies, I usually mean an army with 6 or more dragons in it). Most lower-level town hall 7 bases will also be destroyed fairly easily by dragon-based armies (depending on the setup of the base and the setup of the attack). Now, for high level town hall 7 bases, choosing the base depends almost solely on the placement of the air defenses (which i will refer to as "ADs"). Almost all TH7 bases with at least one AD on the outside will be fairly easy to take out, so look for those, especially if that base has low-level ADs. Now, for TH8 bases, I suggest being a lot more careful when picking your bases. The best ones to attack will be bases with low-level ADs and/or bases with their ADs on the outside. It seems like it should be easy, but you will come to a point in which all of the available bases will meet any of these requirements. Later I will explain how to deal with this kind of situation.

2. How to build the right army for the base you're trying to attack (assuming you have 200 housing spaces).

-TH6 or lower
-6+ dragons and any other troop should be more than enough.
-TH7 with ADs on the outside -or- TH7 with low level ADs (level 2 or lower)
-6+ dragons and other troops that would be beneficial to the battle (suggested troops would be archers,
wizards, or hogs), also be prepared to arm yourself with 3 lightning spells in case something goes wrong.
-TH7 with centralized ADs and/or high level ADs
-8-9 dragons armed with archers or wizards, 3 lightning spells (preferably level 3+), and maybe a barb king.
-TH8 with ADs on outside and/or low level ADs
-8-9 dragons armed with either a group of 4+ hogs, or archers/wizards; 3 lightning spells, and maybe a barb
king
-TH8 with centralized ADs and/or high level ADs
-9 dragons armed with 20 archers, 3 higher level lightning spells, and preferably a barb king

3. How to attack.

-TH6 or lower
-There really aren't many requirements for this type of attack. For a quicker/smoother win, try to place your dragons close to the AD. Also, NEVER place all of your dragons in one bunch! Clan castle troops will have a field day with a group of bunched up dragons and can end your attack in seconds. This rule stands for ALL attacks using dragons regardless of the base.

-TH7 with ADs on the outside and/or low-level ADs
-This is a type of attack in which you can get pretty versatile with. If the ADs are on the outside, I would try to use a minimum of 4 hogs to take it out right away so that you don't have to deal with it right away. If you do this and also want to use 3 lightning spells to take out the second AD, feel free. This way you can attack without any ADs at all, which I believe even 4-5 dragons could 3 star with ease. But if you do not have the lightning spells or do not want to use them, I suggest placing your dragons in a position that would make it easier for the dragons to take out that last AD quickly so that the rest of your dragons can destroy the rest of the base with ease. Now, if the ADs are centralized, but they are lower level, I suggest using 7+ dragons and the rest archers. Choose a side of the base in which you want to place your dragons in order to get to the ADs as fast as possible (try not to split them in half, that won't help). Most people can do this, but they don't know the real secret to controlling the movements of the dragons without the AI killing your attack. The trick is to pick a side and place half of your archers on each adjacent side of where you want to attack, but closer to the side that you want to attack. This way, the dragons will go towards the middle and will not attack around the outside. Also, if possible, use 3 lightning spells and destroy the AD furthest away from you. In this case, try not to worry about the clan castle troops if the clan castle is in the middle (in which it often is), because they can often be helpful in your attack by luring the dragons closer to the middle and thus closer to the ADs and the coveted town hall of your opponent's base. if you have a barbarian king, try to save him until the middle of the attack and place him in the place in which he can do the most damage.

-TH7 with centralized and high level ADs
-With this attack you have to be careful. The army that I use for these is 9 dragons, 20 archers, and 3 lightnings spells (plus my barb king and clan castle troops which are optional). First thing you will do is choose a side of the base to attack and get to ONE of the ADs very quickly. Use your 3 lightning spells to destroy the other AD. Next, place half your archers on each adjacent side of the side in which you want to attack, with your main goal to take out the corners of the opponent's base so that your dragons don't get distracted and start attacking the outside of the base. That would be disastrous, so we have the archers direct the dragons inside the base and wreak havoc that way. If you have a dragon in your clan castle, which is preferable, I would suggest waiting to place it later in case the dragons steer away from the objective. Use this dragon to destroy anything that would get the rest of the dragons back in the right direction or help those other dragons survive. Then if you have a barbarian king, place it somewhere that it will do the most damage and destroy the most buildings.

-TH8 with ADs on the outside and low level
-In this case, you will want to do the exact same thing as the previous attack, except this time, use 8 dragons and add 4 hogs to your attack. Use these 4 hogs to destroy the nearest AD. Then, continue to proceed just like attacking a TH7 with centralized and high level ADs.

-TH8 with high level ADs and on the inside
-This is the hardest of the attacks, because there are so many things that can go wrong and everything that you do will have to be perfect. In other words, your placement could mean the difference between a 2 star and a 3 star. In this case, the first thing you will want to do is choose a side to attack in which your placement of dragons along that side will hit 2 of the ADs. Next, use your lightning spells on the AD farthest away from where you will place your dragons. Next, place 10 archers on one corner of the side in which you want to attack and 10 on the other. After they destroy whatever buildings are in those corners, spread 8 dragons along the side you are attacking on (assuming you have 9 dragons and one in your clan castle). After they do some damage, place one of the two remaining dragons in a position that will destroy one of the ADs, then place the other in a position that will destroy the other AD. This next part is actually important. You want to place your barbarian king in the exact spot that you placed your dragons. At this point, hopefully your dragons are halfway through the base and may be close to or at the town hall by now. The barbarian king placement is more so an insurance package in case you don't take the town hall than it is anything else. After this, you have used all of your troops and have to watch your dragons destroy and 3 star the base!

REMEMBER: -Never bunch all of your dragons together.
-With bases that are harder to destroy, bring a dragon in your clan castle.

I hope that you found this guide helpful and I wish you many successful dragon attacks in the future!

-jmumme43 (FuPayMe)
TH8 level 87






    Posted 27 months ago

    Dillie09

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    Nice. I find that all dragons with three lightning spells is pretty much an easy kill of any town hall seven. Great guide!!

    Posted 30 months ago

    jmumme43

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    How so? Lol you can't say it's bullshit without explaining why. Secondly, this strategy is a bit outdated, and I now would recommend dragloon. Here's a link to the perfect dragloon video that I made.

     

    https://youtu.be/KnY-nnTC104

    Posted 30 months ago

    omkar636

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    This strategy is complete bull shit

    Posted 32 months ago

    Queen VonRewl

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    My BF has a take this that seems to work pretty well for TH8s.

     

    He says the easiest bases are the ones with at least one air defense that is close enough to the outside that it will be the first or second thing targeted by defense-specific troops (in this case, hogs). He brings 5 max hogs in his cc, and usually makes 4 more of his own, leaving 9 dragons in his army. He then starts his drags on the opposite side, usually placing his barb king and 1 or 2 dragons on either side of where his main attack will go to clear out distractions , then dropping his main force in a tight fan.  He brings 3 lightnings to take out the 2nd air d, and either hits it before the attack, or tries to take out the cc troops along with the air d. After the cc troops have been destroyed, he releases his hogs on the back side to take out the last air d before it shoots his dragons. This usually results in 3 stars.

     

    If the air d is more tightly clumped, he brings max balloons in his cc, sometimes with a compliment of 4 more of his own (again, 9 dragons), and either all rage, but more often 2 rage and 1 heal. He waits until the air d will target his dragons before the balloons, releases them directly behind the dragons, and tries to get the balloons in both rage and healing spells when they hit the center. 

     

     

    Posted 32 months ago

    Mr_King

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    Great post dude this is helpful, but when I use drags with 2 rage 1 heal spell have you got a guide or some tips that might help me with this strat or is 3 lightnings more consistent.

    Posted 32 months ago

    jmumme43

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    @ThorBloodaxe, I agree that max balloons works pretty well, but having that extra dragon in the CC could also be the difference between a 2 star and a 3 star in this strategy. Most attacks using this strategy also get a solid 3 stars on even the hardest TH8 bases. For any air attack strategy, even the one you mentioned, some TH8 bases can only be 2 starred because of the fact that they are so spread out.
    Posted 32 months ago

    ThorBloodaxe

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    I would include a cc of max balloons if someone gots them. I tell my guys to lightning the most difficult/highest lvl ad first then lay out the drags in a short line next to the other 2 ad with the loons right behind. 3 stars on the toughest th8 bases.

    Variables: If an ad is near the edge of the base and easily targeted by the loons I would place 1 or 2 drags there to soak up the ad fire and then place the loons so they hit the ad asap while the drags take all the hits. After that you are just worried about the last ad, but u got the rest of your 7 or 8 drags to quickly destroy it.

    Also if you have higher loons than what your clan can give you, make 4 of your own and get a drag in your cc, that way you get more dps.
    ~ThorBloodaxe of Phoenix Ashes
    Posted 33 months ago

    Speedyexplorer

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    Nice job.
    Posted 33 months ago

    gogos

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    hi
    Posted 33 months ago

    dimZ

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    this is exactly what i need to know! ive been mirrored to a th7 with centralized ad's. hope this will work.. thanks!
    Posted 33 months ago

    neildabo$$

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    13/02/15
    I like this attack!
    Posted 34 months ago

    jmumme43

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    Queen VonRewl- I agree with most of your sub-guide (if thats a thing). The only thing that i advise against doing is clumping them all in one spot. From past experiences I can tell you that they usually do one of three things. 1) All get damaged critically and quickly by clan castle troops or 2) Take the outside of the base, ultimately getting destroyed by air defenses and archer towers or 3) All of the above. It is a rare occasion that a dragon attack (on a base that is matched well against oneself) that the dragons do exactly as you want them to. That is why (at TH8), I use archers and my barbarian king to direct the dragons in the direction I want them to go (usually by sending 10 archers into each lateral corner of the two air defenses that I want to destroy and then putting the barb king in whichever spot needs the most help). After you make a path for them, I usually fan them out so that they can pick off both of the air defenses that I want to hit (depending on the base, the fan can be pretty large, but never more than one full side of the base). I do agree as well that heroes would do wonders for this, instead of using archers to do so. Also, I believe that the extra army space and clan castle space in TH10 provides a significant change from a TH8 when attacking. As for spells, I like having to only deal with two air defenses that have to deal with three, so I just use three level five lightning spells destroy the air defense that is the hardest to get to.
    Posted 34 months ago

    Queen VonRewl

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    1. Clumping dragons together works well if you remove distractions first -- buildings that may cause dragons to fly off to the right and left when you're trying to direct them first to the middle/the TH.

    2. Bases that are clumped tightly together are the best types of bases for dragon attacks as they are extremely slow troops and have a higher chance of dying/running out of time

    3. Mixing other troops with dragons other than perhaps -1 total dragon (ie: 20 spots) is a terrible idea. Everyone who uses dragons knows that mixing in other troops makes the whole point of dragon attacks useless.

    4. Attacking and at least 2-starring TH9's and TH10's is very possible if you use all Dragons level 4 with your 2 Heroes dropped first to clear distracting buildings, creating a path for your dragons

    5. Spells. Rage spells (mixed with 2 freeze spells for TH 10 attacks) are the only truly useful spells. Dragons with Healing spells are considered virtually useless because they cannot heal fast enough before the heal spell is done. You may check this fact on other resource sites. Second, the biggest problem with dragons (as already discussed) is that they're slow. Rage spells help to alleviate this problem as well as get them through outer defenses and toward X-Bows and Inferno Towers more quickly. Freeze spells are obviously used to temporarily freeze inferno towers to reduce damage and allow dragons to destroy them.

    6. Dragons should be released in a tightly-bunched "fan"...never spread out around a base or released in spurts behind each-other. It's much more difficult to avoid high level defenses or destroy them when there is only 1 or 2 dragons in the area. Whereas a "fan" or clump can essentially mow down a straight line to the TH if you place them well and use Rage Spells.

    7. Most of this advice is for attacking TH9 and TH10 for 2 stars in war attacks. Anything more than 2 stars on a max TH9 or TH10 using any troop is difficult.

    *My advice is based on being a Clan Leader who uses dragons in every war since wars began. I am also in Master League and TH 10. Dragons can do major damage, but you have to have the eye for those clumped up bases with X-Bows set on "ground" because those are the prime targets for Dragons at this Level.*
    Posted 34 months ago

    jmumme43

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    Rhino007, thanks for the feedback, I really appreciate it! As for the guide, I don't think I will do one. I have seen so many successful clans and each one has a different base. Of course, all of them had similarities between each base, but they were all unique... and all very good. So there really isn't a set way to build your base, but there are rules that should be followed when building your base. Like, if you wanted your base to do better against dragon attacks, centralize your air defenses and then cushion them with storages in close proximity. Or if you want to defend better against GoWiPe, compartmentalize your base as best you can, and keep your teslas very well hidden. There are so many different ways to build a great base, and I don't want to destroy that for uniformity.
    Posted 34 months ago

    Rhino007

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    29/01/15
    Great Guide!!!! Could you do one on the base design of war bases my clan doesnt do great at wars and a guide like this would really help.
    Posted 34 months ago

    Bud45

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    Great guide!
    Posted 35 months ago

    jmumme43

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    The heals are ok if the dragons are 1) Bunched together and hurt by multiple air bombs or wizards from the clan castle or 2) If you are attacking a low level base with 2 or less air defenses. However, when you are dealing with a base with 3 good air defenses, like most town hall 8s, then lightning spells are much more effective. These spells take out one of the three air defenses (usually the one that is hardest to get to, as mentioned in my guide) and since archer towers and wizard towers take a long time to kill even one dragon, taking out all 3 air defenses as fast as possible is your best chance at a 3 star on that base. And the safest way to do that is by using lightning spells to take out one air defense entirely, leaving only 2 air defenses that are able to kill your dragons, thus less damage comes to the dragons in total, regardless of the heal spells. Plus, by doing this, your dragons will probably get to the other 2 air defenses a lot easier, which will likely result in a 3 starring of that base.
    Posted 35 months ago

    Thunder0501

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    Use heals not lighting
    Posted 35 months ago

    jmumme43

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    If there are any questions about this guide feel free to ask. I will be checking the comments on this guide fairly often.